In order to bring in Lionel Messi against Reims, Mauricio Pochettino brought out Neymar, depriving the whole planet of a first appearance of the hat-trick Messi-Mbappé-Neymar in the jersey of Paris Saint-Germain.
The 20,500 spectators present Sunday evening at Auguste-Delaune, and the millions of viewers who watched the Reims-PSG match all over the world were probably disappointed to see Lionel Messi start on the bench, but Mauricio Pochettino is there to manage a team of football and not a media company. But when the six-time Ballon d’Or went to warm up, everything was packed, the prospect of seeing Leo Messi playing competitively in the jersey of another team than Barça leaves no one indifferent. However, the Argentinian coach of Paris Saint-Germain made the rather symbolic choice to bring out Neymar to make way for his former teammate at FC Barcelona. It is therefore with Kylian Mbappé that the Pulga has been associated, a great first for the two stars.
Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, what a trio at PSG!
In his editorial, the journalist from L’Equipe admits that he wants to see Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé still go a long way together at Paris Saint-Germain. ” We understood that Mauricio Pochettino did not care much about the power of the image, otherwise he would have left Mbappé, Neymar and Messi on the same ground, at least a few minutes, instead of managing the times of play like a coach and leave us with the doubt that they will be able to play all three together, one day (…) It is too early to wonder if Lionel Messi, in club, will be able to adapt to another language than the one he grew up with, too early to absolutely look for traces of light in his stealthy wake of a first Sunday evening, and even too early to know, in the event that PSG would really retain Mbappé, which will be the best club player this season. Yesterday evening, those who came to see Messi saw Mbappé, and they are like everyone else: », Explains Vincent Duluc, who hopes that the leaders of Paris Saint-Germain will refuse the 180 million euros from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappé. 24 hours from the end of the transfer window, and now that the Spanish ultimatum has passed, we can believe it.